University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Brown v. Plata: The Oyez Project"
Author Chicago-Kent College of Law
External Link http://www.oyez.org/cases/2010-2019/2010/2010_09_1233
Abstract Facts of the Case
The Prison Law Office in Berkeley, Calif., filed a class-action lawsuit in April 2001 on behalf of Marciano Plata and several other prisoners, alleging that California prisons were in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which bans "cruel and unusual punishment." Following a lengthy trial, a special panel of three federal judges determined that serious overcrowding in California's 33 prisons was the "primary cause" for violations of the Eighth Amendment. The court ordered the release of enough prisoners so the inmate population would come within 137.5 percent of the prisons' total design capacity. That amounts to between 38,000 and 46,000 inmates being released.

Question
Does a court order requiring California to reduce its prison population to remedy unconstitutional conditions in its correctional facilities violate the Prison Litigation Reform Act?
Source http://www.oyez.org/


This Resource Relates To
case Coleman v. Brown (PC-CA-0002)
case Plata v. Brown (PC-CA-0018)
case Plata v. Brown / Coleman v. Brown Three-Judge Court (PC-CA-0057)
person Specter, Donald H. (CA)

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